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Forestry Statistics 2016 - Woodland Areas and Planting

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Table 1.11 presents the volume of broadleaved growing stock, broken down by principal species, ownership and country.

The total volume of broadleaved growing stock in Great Britain in 2012 was 245 million m3 overbark standing (Table 1.11).

Oak (28%), Ash (16%) and Beech (12%) accounted for the majority of the broadleaved volume. To some extent, this reflects the distribution of species by area (see Table 1.9).

Table 1.11 Growing stock in GB by ownership and principal species: Broadleaves

Principal species

England

Wales

Scotland

        GB

miilion cubic metres overbark standing

FC1

 

 

   

   Oak

3.3

0.5

0.6

4.4

   Beech

2.8

0.4

0.1

3.4

   Sycamore

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.2

   Ash

0.4

0.1

0.0

0.5

   Birch

0.5

0.1

1.7

2.3

   Sweet chestnut

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.1

   Hazel

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.1

   Hawthorn

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

   Alder

0.1

0.0

0.1

0.2

   Willow

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

   Other broadleaves

1.3

0.8

1.2

3.3

    All broadleaves

8.7

1.9

3.9

14.5

Private sector2

       

   Oak

51.7

7.7

5.6

65.0

   Beech

19.8

1.6

5.2

26.6

   Sycamore

16.2

2.4

4.8

23.4

   Ash

30.1

6.9

2.8

39.8

   Birch

11.3

1.2

8.5

20.9

   Sweet chestnut

7.7

0.2

0.0

7.9

   Hazel

5.0

0.9

0.4

6.4

   Hawthorn

2.8

0.4

0.3

3.4

   Alder

6.8

2.1

1.9

10.8

   Willow

4.9

0.8

0.9

6.5

   Other broadleaves

16.0

1.1

2.6

19.6

    All broadleaves

172.3

25.4

32.9

230.6

Total

       

   Oak

55.0

8.1

6.3

69.4

   Beech

22.6

2.0

5.3

29.9

   Sycamore

16.4

2.4

4.9

23.6

   Ash

30.5

7.0

2.8

40.3

   Birch

11.8

1.3

10.1

23.2

   Sweet chestnut

7.8

0.2

0.0

8.0

   Hazel

5.1

0.9

0.5

6.5

   Hawthorn

2.8

0.4

0.3

3.4

   Alder

6.9

2.2

1.9

11.0

   Willow

4.9

0.8

0.9

6.5

   Other broadleaves

17.2

1.8

3.8

22.9

    All broadleaves

181.0

27.3

36.8

245.1

Source: National Forest Inventory: 50-year forecast of hardwood availability (Forestry Commission, April 2014).

Notes:

1. FC: Forestry Commission (England, Scotland and Wales).

2. Private sector: all other woodland. Includes woodland previously owned/managed by the Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency in Wales, other publicly owned woodland (e.g. owned by local authorities) and privately owned woodland.

3. Areas at 31 March 2012.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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